Faculty & Staff

Faculty                                                        Office Coordinator          

Menelik Geremew                                          Amy Leu

Taki Hirakawa

Patrik Hultberg 

Ahmed Hussen 

Amy MacMillan 

Hannah Apps

Timothy Moffit 

Charles Stull 

Darshana Udayanganie

Dr. Apps
Hannah Apps
Phone: 269-337-7024

Office: Dewing 309B

Chair and Professor of Economics

Courses Taught: Econometrics (Econ 360),Public Sector Economics (ECON 415),Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Times of Crisis (Econ 262), Financial Crisis (Econ 490),Economics 101

Research Interests: Urban Economics, Public Finance, History of Local Economic Development

Bio: Dr. Hannah Apps received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a major in economics.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research generally concerns urban policy.  She has written and published widely both in urban public finance and community governance. She has also worked in and with many local governments and governing entitles helping them with both financial and governance issues.  She has received various awards for this work including the Athena International Award in 2010.

Curriculum Vitae

 

Menelik Geremew
Menelik Geremew
Phone: 269-337-7026

Office:  Dewing 309C

Stephen B. Monroe Assistant Professor of Money and Banking

Courses Taught: Principles of Economics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Money and Banking, Open Economy Macroeconomics/International Finance

Research Interests: Macro/Monetary Economics, Financial Economics, International Finance 

Bio:  Dr. Menelik Geremew received his Ph.D. in Economics from Texas Tech University (2013), M.A Texas Tech University (2011), M.Sc. Addis Ababa University (2005) and B.Sc. Alemaya University (1998). He joined Kalamazoo College in Sept 2013.  Currently, he teaches Principles of Economics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Money and Banking and International Finance. Dr. Geremew's research projects focus on the dynamic effects of monetary policy shocks on household consumption and real estate investment using DSGE and VAR models, monetary policy in emerging economies, country risk analysis and busines cycles. He also studies the role of the Federal Reserve in financial stability in light of the global financial crisis that occurred in 2007/08. Dr. Geremew has received awards from the state of Texas (Texas Public Education Grant) and the Southern Economics Association.

Selected Publications:

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Patrik Hultberg
Patrik Hultberg
Phone: 269-337-7027

Office:  Dewing 309D

Professor of Economics

Courses Taught: International Trade, Economic Development and Growth, Principles of Economics, Negotiation and Persuasion

Research Interests: International Trade, Pedagogy, Hybrid Learning

Bio:

Dr. Hultberg joined the Department of Economics & Business in 2004. He served as Chair of the Department between 2007 and 2010 and the chair of the Faculty Executive Committee between 2009 and 2011. Since 2016 Dr. Hultberg has been the Coordinator of Educational Effectiveness at K.

Originally from Sweden (Helsingborg), Dr. Hultberg received a B.A. in International Business from Ohio Wesleyan University (1993) and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in International Economics from Rice University (1998). Prior to Kalamazoo College, he worked at the University of Wyoming (1998-2004). He taught courses at Rice University, at the Ministry of Economics Affairs in Taiwan (the summers of 2002, 2003, and 2004), and at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea (every summer since 2012).

Dr. Hultberg has published in the areas of economics growth, international trade, education policy, and instructional design/pedagogy. Please see below for some recent papers.

Prof. Hultberg on Gamification

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

 

Dr. Hussen
Ahmed Hussen

Office: Dewing 306A

Edward and Virginia Van Dalson Professor of Economics and Business and Department Chair 2014-15

Courses Taught:  Introduction to Economics (Econ 101); Mathematical Methods for Economics (Econ 155); Principles of   Environmental Economics (Econ 235); Intermediate Microeconomics (Econ 305); Senior Seminar in Contemporary Environmental Issues (Econ 490).  During the academic years 2012-13 and 2013-14, the main theme for my senior seminar class has been the myth and reality of the corporate environmental sustainability movement.

 

Research Interests: Environmental and Resource Economics, Population, Resources &  Economic Growth

Bio: Dr. Ahmed Hussen is the Edward and Virginia van Dalson Professor of Economics at Kalamazoo College. He received his PhD in Resource Economics from Oregon State University, in 1978.  His field of specialization is environmental and resource economics. He has written a popular textbook in this sub-field of economics which is now in its third edition. This book is recognized for being the first textbook in environmental economics that made a serious attempt to integrate economics with ecology. He has been teaching at Kalamazoo College since 1985, and he is a recipient of the prestigious Florence J. Lucasse Lectureship award (in 1997) for excellence in teaching. During his sabbatical years he assumed teaching and research assignments that took him to Japan (1990-91), Zimbabwe (1999-2000), and Botswana as a Fulbright scholar (2006-07). Hussen is a co-founder of the environmental study program at Kalamazoo College, and offers a course and a senior seminar that counts towards the concentration in environmental studies. He currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Economics and Business.

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Amy Macmillan
Amy MacMillan
Phone: 269-337-7125

Office: Dewing 309B

L. Lee Stryker Assistant Professor of Business Management

Courses Taught: ECON 205 - Principles of Management; ECON 220 - Principles of Marketing; ECON 250 - Cross-Cultural Consumer Marketing; ECON 340 - Advertising & Promotion; ECON 490 - Strategic Marketing Management  

Research Interests: Marketing, Management

Bio: Professor MacMillan joined Kalamazoo College in 2012, after teaching seven years at Western Michigan University and spending the majority of her career in the corporate world. She has held marketing management positions with Sara Lee and Procter & Gamble, in the U.S. and Europe. Her experience includes marketing strategy, brand positioning, global branding, product/concept testing, new product launches, advertising strategy and development, team leadership and motivation, and budget management. She completed a two-year financial management program at General Electric. MacMillan was voted onto the Board of Directors of Creative Dining, Inc., and she serves on the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 18 and 16 National Advisory Committee. A former Colgate University trustee, she is a founding member of the Colgate Alumnae Leadership Council.  She enjoys sports and outdoor activities, travel, and learning new things. Education: M.B.A., Harvard Business School B.A., Colgate University

Curriculum Vitae

 

Tim Moffit 2012(2)
Timothy Moffit
Phone: 269-337-7031

(On sabbatical 2017-2018)

Office: Dewing 306B

Associate Professor of Economics

Courses Taught: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Corporate Finance, Investments, and Financial Statement Analysis

Research Interests: Valuation Theory, Mergers and Acquisitions, and The Intersection of Faith and Finance

Bio: Dr. Timothy E. Moffit received his undergraduate degree in economics from Kalamazoo College. He completed his M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and his D.B.A. in finance from Nova Southeastern University.  He joined the faculty at Kalamazoo College in 1989 and has published journal articles, case studies, and books in valuation theory and practice. Over the past 20 years, he has owned ten different small businesses.  Dr. Tim Moffit is a board member of Delta Dental Corporation and Renaissance Health Services Corporation.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) / Website

 

Dr. Chuck Stull
Charles Stull
Phone: 269-337-7023

Office: Dewing 306C

Senior Instructor of Economics 

Courses Taught: Principles of Economics, Business Statistics, Law & Economics, Industrial Organization & Public Policy, Sophomore Seminar: Economics for Global Travelers.

Research Interests: Industrial Organization, Resource Economics

Bio: Mr. Chuck Stull has taught economics at Kalamazoo College since 1996.  He studied economics as an undergraduate at Northwestern University and as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His scholarly work focuses on economic pedagogy.  He directs the Center for Economic Education at Kalamazoo College. In 2010, he was awarded the France Diebold Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Kalamazoo College Community.

Curriculum Vitae

Website

A. Udayanganie
Darshana Udayanganie
Phone: 269-337-7057

Udayanganie is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics.  She earned her PhD and MA in Economics from University of New Hampshire. She also holds an MS in Resource Economics and Policy from University of Maine and a BS from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Currently she teaches principles of economics and intermediate microeconomics. Her research and scholarship focus on Economics of Land Conservation and Environmental Impacts of Gasoline Regulations in the U.S.

Curriculum Vitae

Amy Leu
Amy Leu
Phone: 269-337-7053

Office Coordinator

Office: Dewing 302

 

Taki Hirakawa
Phone: 269-337-7031

Dr. Hirakawa is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Business at Kalamazoo College. After a stint at a Wall Street investment bank and a Madison Avenue ad agency in New York, Dr. Hirakawa spent fifteen years working in enterprise software and mission-critical information processing industries in the United States and in Europe where he engaged in numerous corporate partnership initiatives and intrapreneurial activities. Dr. Hirakawa teaches in the areas/intersections of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Leadership. He comes from a multicultural background, having lived in four different continents around the world. After more than a decade of the industry experience as business development executive in Silicon Valley, he began his doctoral studies in economics of management practices at Stanford University, and completed his Ph.D. at University of California while serving as instructor at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at Berkeley College of Engineering, and at Berkeley Haas School of Business.

 

Dr. Hirakawa’s research explores the behavioral determinants of manager-to-worker delegation and worker-to-customer interactions, as well as their implication for organizational performance in both for profit and nonprofit sector. His current research interests include: Disentangling a driver for prosocial behavior among the employees and community in real-world corporate social responsibility projects, Designing digital games to influence children's and families' eating habits, Redesigning grocery store shelves to saliently influence consumers to eat healthier food, Identification of best practices of communication style among engineering teams to encourage effective collaboration within a firm for creative problem solving. He received a B.A. from Macalester College, a M.S. from University of Wisconsin, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from University of California. He previously worked for Drexel Burnham, Dentsu, Inc., SAP AG, and Yaskawa among other multinational corporations, technology and social startups.